Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Minister Ellwood said:
The start of Iraqi operations to retake the city of Mosul marks another step forward towards clearing Daesh from Iraq. After two years of brutal rule, the people of Mosul can start to have hope for a better future.
This will be the greatest challenge that Iraqs Security Forces have yet encountered they are up to that challenge. The UK, as part of the Global Coalition, is committed to continuing to provide the government of Iraq with military, humanitarian and stabilisation support.